Redding PD adds armored rescue vehicle to their fleet

REDDING, Calif. — The Redding Police Department yesterday announced the addition of a new armored rescue vehicle to the department’s fleet of official vehicles, saying, the new vehicle “is an extremely valuable addition” to their department.

The new armored rescue vehicle will be used during critical incidents, SWAT callouts, and other dangerous situations and will allow officers to enter active, highly-volatile, and dangerous crime scenes, RPD officials said of their new vehicle; adding, the new addition can be used to rescue injured officers or civilians.


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Saying they were excited to announce the arrival of our new rescue vehicle, RPD explained, “The Lenco Bearcat Rescue Vehicle is an extremely valuable addition to our fleet, allowing us to travel into dangerous areas to rescue injured civilians and emergency personnel.”

During a simulated critical incident, Redding police officers show how their new armored rescue vehicle can be used as cover to help officers save an “injured” civilian. Redding Police Department photo

Law enforcement agencies across the nation have been adding armored rescue vehicles to their fleets for years and there have been countless highly dangerous situations where the vehicles have been used to save both civilians and law enforcement officers.

One such incident occurred in Riverside County last November when two deputies who responded to reports of a hostage situation with a man threatening to kill his estranged wife came under heavy fire from the suspect.

Facing a hail of dozens of rounds fired by the suspect, the two deputies were left pinned behind their vehicles and unable to move to a safer location.

Deputies radioed an “11-99, Officer Needs Help” call, which was broadcast to all area law enforcement agencies. Their distress call brought law enforcement officials from a half-dozen nearby agencies rushing to the scene, with officials bringing three armored rescue vehicles with them.

Using the cover provided by one of the armored rescue vehicles, responding officers were able to help the trapped deputies “away from the suspect’s line of fire …and… from harm’s way,” Riverside County Sheriff’s officials later reported.

The man was eventually shot by responding officers and three children being held hostage inside the home where the incident occurred were safely rescued.


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The department’s new vehicle was paid for by the Redding Tourism Marketing Group (RTMG) using proceeds from the Transit Occupancy Tax (TOT).

TOT tax is paid by visitors using our local hotels and motels, said officials; adding, “We sincerely appreciate RTMG investing in public safety for our community.”

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Trevor Montgomery, 49, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.

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